Graduate study in theoretical physics

Graduate research opportunities at MSc and PhD level are available in the following areas:

  • Particle & Astroparticle Phenomenology
  • Formal Particle Theory

Students entering the graduate program at MSc level will need to complete the coursework requirements for the MSc(Physics) degree as outlined on the Departmental web pages for Graduate Study. These include 7.5 course units (5 one-semester classes) for an MSc, and a further 1.5 units (a one-semester class) for a PhD. For MSc students, the primary course requirements are normally completed during the fall and spring semesters of the first year. A typical core course list for incoming particle theory students is shown below. Additional courses may be taken as required in the fall or spring of the second year.

Further 4th-year courses may also be required in addition for those students who have not already completed upper level courses in quantum mechanics (see e.g. PHYS423), electromagnetism (see e.g. PHYS422), particle physics (see e.g. PHYS424), and general relativity (see e.g. PHYS415).

Fall MSc core courses

Number Name
PHYS 500A Advanced Quantum Mechanics 
PHYS 502A Classical Electrodynamics

Spring MSc core courses

Number Name
PHYS 501A Quantum Theory and Quantum Fields

For upper-level MSc and PhD students, the additional courses below may also be available, with further subjects covered by directed studies (PHYS580).

Further MSc/PhD courses

Number Name
PHYS 509 Standard Model Phenomenology
PHYS 513 Topics in Theoretical Physics